How to Move from Fear to Freedom

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There was a lot of fear surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

Pilate was afraid he made the wrong decision and washed his hands of the whole thing.

The Romans were afraid and posted guards at the foot of the cross lest Jesus climb down or free Himself.

The religious leaders were afraid and posted guards at the tomb lest the disciples come and steal the body.

The disciples were afraid and went into hiding to escape the religious rulers of the day.

The women were afraid when they saw the angel sitting in front of the tomb.

On the morning that Jesus rose from the dead, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to visit the tomb early in the morning. Mathew tells us, “There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightening, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men” (Matthew 28:2-4).

Fear drives us to put ourselves in a tomb.

Fortunately, that is not the life of faith that Jesus calls us to live! He invites us to fear not and to rise from our tombs and follow Him.

When the women saw the angel sitting in front of the tomb, he told them: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee” (Matthew 28:5-7).

I love the response for the women in their fear: “They ran trembling… afraid, yet filled with joy” (Mark 16:8, Matthew 28:8-9).

Afraid, yet filled with joy! They moved from fear to freedom trusting what the angel said.

How Do We Move From Fear to Freedom in Our Journey of Following Jesus?

Remember, He has risen. Jesus conquered death and is now seated at the right hand of God. He is victorious and has put the enemy under His feet.

He goes ahead of you into every new and challenging situation. At times we look at the challenges before us and the question that lurks is, “how?” Friend, Christ goes before into every transition.

He promises His peace. Jesus had promised before that when He left He would leave His spirit to live and dwell in us. The Holy Spirit living with us can provide peace in any storm but it does require release on our part. As we release every fear and worry to Him, He calms us with his peace. (John 14:27).

Friend, in the afterglow of Easter, remember, because He lives, You can move from fear to freedom. The journey of following Jesus often involves challenges and trials but He has risen and conquered the evil one, His presence goes not only with us but ahead of us into every new situation, and He promises his peace and we take the next step. Live boldly today, trusting that what He promised is true!

Plan today to gather with a group of your friends to dive deeper into trust. 

This week on The Connected Mom Podcast we’re talking about the Unlimited Motherhood with author Jessica Hurlbut. If you have a child on the spectrum you don’t want to miss this episode!

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